Rating: 4/5 stars
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
In Shallow, a mandatory school assignment forces the students to step out of their comfort zone, to work with classmates they’d never speak to otherwise. For a lot of students this is just another assignment, but for a handful of them, it’s something that’s going to change their lives forever.
Roderick is a loner. Brinley is the shallow, mean girl. Together they break the mold that they’ve created for themselves. They step outside long enough to realize that they’re not so different than anyone else in high school.
While reading YA, I tend to remind myself often that although teens may not speak the way it’s portrayed in books, they certainly feel that way. Lost, confused and unsure of just about everything, including themselves. The vulnerability most teens felt in high school is no longer a memory while reading Shallow. It’s front and center. Right there in front of you proving that all those times you felt alone, another teen was going through something similar.
Shallow is proof that whether you were the mean girl, the jock, the loner or just a regular kid doing whatever was necessary to survive high school, you weren’t alone. I think Shallow is a book that every mother and teen should read.